Auction: 20055 - The Ennismore Collection of Anglo-Saxon and Viking Coins
Wessex, Alfred the Great (871-899), Penny, 'Lunettes Coinage', Canterbury dies, Torhtmund, 1.14g, 9h,
A W Morrison collection by private treaty with Ennismore, 2019
With both recorded examples of this moneyer from the Whitehorse (Croydon, 1862), and the Beeston Tor Cave (1924) finds accessioned into the British Museum cabinets, the provenance for this coin remains somewhat of a mystery, although a hoard discovery is also probable. On 7 July 1870, Sotheby's auction rooms saw the dispersal of W. Cotton Risley's collection, late Curate of Deddington, Oxon. His cabinet featured amongst others Saxon coins, ten Burgred Pennies, one Aethelberht, one Aethelred I, and four Alfred coins, all described as in 'varied' condition. The latter two were noted thus: "Alfred, bust to right, as Hawkins n. 172, the moneyers HEREMOD. and TORTHMUND. the letters curiously dipthonged, both fine.' Such a collection would be entirely consistent with an early 10th Century hoard, the mixture and absence of duplication within the Burgredians suggestive of a selected parcel from a larger find.
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